India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over the first of an additional batch of eight licence-built Chetak (Aérospatiale Alouette III) light utility helicopters to the Indian Navy (IN) on 24 July at the company’s facility in Bangalore, one month ahead of schedule.
HAL officials told Jane’s that the second platform is scheduled for delivery in late August, while the remaining six platforms are to be delivered 12 months later in keeping with the deal signed in August 2017 estimated to be worth INR4 billion (USD58 million).
“HAL has successfully restarted the Chetak production line after incorporating the latest technologies,” G V S Bhaskar, head of HAL’s Helicopter Complex, was quoted as saying during the handover ceremony.
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